crys·​tal·​lo·​phone ˈkri-stə-lō-ˌfōn How to pronounce crystallophone (audio)
plural crystallophones
: a class of musical instruments (such as the musical glasses or glass harmonica) containing glass components and whose sound is produced by causing the glass to vibrate by striking or rubbing compare lithophone, metallophone

Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crystallophone was in 1951

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“Crystallophone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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